A man's marriage suffers when he pretends to be a bachelor while promoting "his" best-selling book about married life (actually written by an eccentric professor) in order to pay off a debt to a gangster.
Randolph Haven (Robert Young), an irresponsible sort, and his wife Norma (Ruth Hussey), have been married for seven years and still very much in love, although Norma is dissatisfied with their hand-to-mouth life style and gets a job as a saleslady. Randolph, seeking an easier pursuit, goes into partnership with a bookie and, in order to cover a bet, sells a manuscript on "The Psychology of Marriage", a situation that is fraught with problems, not the least being in that he didn't write the book, and that he also has to pose as a bachelor. He begins to believe in his fake personality to the extent he insists on living in a penthouse. Then the publisher falls in love with Norma, not knowing she is married to Randolph, the bachelor expert on marriage. Written by
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This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 26 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Wednesday 29 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6). In New York City it first aired 25 February 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by San Francisco 19 May 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
The movie, once it gets going, is chic and amusing. Robert Young is good and Ruth Hussey, as always, is appealing. Lee Bowman is a good foil for Young, though it's difficulty to believe that anyone would choose Young over him.
The central premise is funny: A married man (Young) has to pretend he is a bachelor to pay off debts by playing a Hip Mr. Lonelyhearts. Wife Hussey gets lost in the shuffle and Bowman innocently tries to move in.
Sam Levene is amusing as Young's sidekick, who speaks with Yiddish inflections. But another broadly written part almost sinks this: the supposedly humorous gangster who wants his money or else. By this time criminals had been amply portrayed to the public so that this was not a laughing matter.
On absolutely the other hand is Felix Bressart. Young uses his book on marriage to become a celebrity, claiming himself as author. Bressart, third-billed here, gives a nuanced and utterly charming performance. It seems as if his character belongs in another, much better, movie.
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